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We’re delighted to welcome Sky Sports journalist Dan Bardell as our exclusive Aston Villa columnist each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at the club…
Dan Bardell claims Aston Villa’s signing of center-back Pau Torres shows how far the club has come while praising the Spaniard as an “outrageous” addition to Unai Emery’s squad.
Torres comes from Emery’s former club Villarreal in a deal worth up to £35million [Daily Mail] and will link up with his ex-boss to join the vastly-improved Villa defense.
The Villans ended that Premier League campaign by conceding just six goals in their last eight games to make a significant improvement from the beginning of the campaign.
Fabrizio Romano added on Wednesday evening (5 June) that an agreement is in place for Villa to sign Torres but he’s currently on his honeymoon with his wife. It is understood that in the coming days, he’ll jet into England to undergo his Aston Villa medical.
Bardell claims that Torres’ signing is encouraging as it bolsters their squad for their busy upcoming campaign.
Speaking exclusively to Villa News, Bardell claimed that both the Premier League itself and Emery got Torres to the club.
“I think it’s probably a bit of both”, said Bardell. “It’s the place that most footballers want to come and play because it’s the highest standard of football that there is, in my opinion.
“Torres has played under Emery before, he’s probably played his best football under Emery, so there’ll be an element of trust and a relationship there already.
“He was in the team that got to the semi-finals of the Champions League with Villarreal under Emery, so he’s seen first-hand what Emery’s methods can do.
“People stood up and took notice of Villa a little bit more towards the end of last season and gave Emery the credit he deserved for the job he’s done. To get Villa into Europe was unbelievable, Villa had no right to get there after the start they had. It just shows what a good manager Emery is.
“I think it’s quite encouraging to strengthen in a place that doesn’t need strengthening. Villa’s defense was really good towards the back end of the season with so many clean sheets especially away from home. The defense was the foundation and a big part of what got Villa European football.
“To be strengthening in that position from a position of strength is a positive thing.
“Torres has played international football for a big country in Spain, he’s got European experience as well which is a big thing in this squad because not many of the Villa players have experience playing any form of European football, let alone the Thursday-Sunday thing.
“If you watch him play when he’s on form, he’s an outrageous center-back. He’s so, so skillful. The stuff he can do with the ball, he’s progressive with his passing and will often do Cruyff turns to make space.
“He’s a skilled defender, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to come to the Premier League and adapt straight away, that’s why I think it’s a good thing that Villa is well-blessed in the center-half position. There are already three or four there, and he comes in and adds to that.“
In other Aston Villa news, a journalist claims that a 29-year-old midfielder could be leaving after the club’s strong transfer window.